LG Electronics Building in JAFZA is the first in the Middle East to get LEED gold certification as a multi-building property. Sustainability highlights include energy efficiency, water conservation and diversion of construction waste from landfills.
LG Electronics’ Office and Warehouse building in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), Dubai was awarded the LEED Gold Certification for New Construction from the US Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institution (GBCI), making it the first LEED-certified multiple-building property in the Middle East. LG’s achievement was also acknowledged with a special appreciation certificate from EHS, the regulatory arm of Trakhees – Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, Government of Dubai.
The LG Building integrates energy conservation measures through high- performance building envelope insulation, and efficient AC units, fans, and motors, PV Solar panels and LED lighting. It also uses building finishes with low VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants. Key activities on the energy conservation front included:
• Reduction in daily power consumption through LG’s own LED lighting system. Occupancy sensors installed in all meeting rooms and corridors save energy by automating light-switches.
• LG earned major points in the Energy and Atmosphere category by installing its flagship ‘Multi-V Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) AC System,’ which was also commended by the USGBC and Green Building Certification Institution (GBCI). The high COP figures of 4.3 and Zero ODP refrigerant R-410A bagged LG major points in the Energy and Atmosphere category. The innovative VRF technology enables improved energy efficiency by allowing occupants to choose whether to air condition or heat only the zones in use.
• The building also includes a 30 kW ongrid solar PV system. All these measures are expected to contribute to energy savings of 21.5%.
The LEED credits with regard to water savings were as follows:
WE credit 1.1: Water-Efficient Landscaping – Reduce by 50%
Achievement: 67.8% reduction in potable water consumption in landscape irrigation.
Drip-type of irrigation has been used to water the project’s entire landscaped area. In addition, the project design includes selected native and regionally adapted species which are drought tolerant and thrive with a minimal amount of water, minimising irrigation needs. The project’s landscaping has been designed so that trees, shrubs and groundcover are carefully blended together with similar water and sun exposure requirements enabling further reduction in water use.
WE Credit 3.1: Water Use Reduction – Reduce by 20%
Achievement: 31.8% water savings achieved indoors through installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures.
All the male toilets within the project incorporate low-flow urinals set to two litres per flush and low-flow water closets at six litres per flush. All female toilets incorporate dual-flush type water closets with six and three litres flush rate. Specifications of the fixtures utilised for the project are above the standard practice in the region. In addition, restrooms with showers incorporate low-flow shower heads with aerators to ensure a constant flow rate of six litres/minute, irrespective of input pressure.
“Beyond producing energy efficient products, LG is looking to play a leading role in reducing its carbon footprint and act as a corporate model. We believe responsible companies must contribute to sustainable growth by minimising the environmental impact caused by their business activities, and the LEED Gold Certification is an acknowledgement of our efforts,” said H.S. Paik, President of LG Electronics Gulf.
LG has also implemented a green educational programme that enhances the educational elements of the LG Building and the LEED process. The JAFZA project fits into LG’s global environment plan to become one of the world leaders in reducing the impact of climate change. LG aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 14 tonnes by the end of 2011, an increase from the 12.9 million tonnes reduced in 2010.
Dr Ju Won Kim, General Manager of the AC Academy said: “Being a strategic partner of the UN’s Champions of the Earth awards since 2009, we have a heartfelt vision of becoming a corporate leader in environmental issues and inspiring the next generation. We want to inspire the green practice locally by implementing the sustainable ideas in our own building.”
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